Subaru Forester Review from Switzerland

2003 Subaru Forester 2.0 GT Boxer 2.0 turbo

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Boxer 2.0 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance8000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Landcruiser


Reliable and exciting all-rounder!


Nothing has gone wrong.

General Comments:

I have traveled around 8000 kilometers in the last 5 weeks after I collected this vehicle. I have been utterly impressed with the overall quality of the vehicle - compared to my old Land cruiser anyway! (If you drive a Rolls-Royce, then you might think it has a little too much plastic ;o)

I do 120 motorway kilometers every day to and from work, and does this extremely well. The 180 brake horse power engine allows very quick acceleration 0-100kph in around 8.5secs with a top speed of 210kph (for you imperialists... that's 0-60 in 8.5secs with a top speed of around 130mph).

At the weekend, I often take it up into the mountains (Swiss Alps)... It handles the snow and ice perfectly, and I haven't noticed any difference in performance at 2000m plus...

The engine is the same as the WRX Pro-drive (300bhp/ps) but has a soft-pressure turbo fitted instead. This engine has a reputation as being the most bullet-proof engine available at the moment, and at 180bhp/ps it is rather under-tuned, which should make for extreme reliability in the future.

To sum up, I was looking for a four wheel drive commuting vehicle which would handle mountainous terrain, snow and ice, accelerate like a sports car and be as comfortable as a luxury car. I bought the top-end model (with features like double sunroof, cruise-control, climate control, leather interior and 16" alloys as standard!!!) and it has been everything I hoped for.

And it even has room for the kids as well as all the ski gear!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th May, 2003

2nd Jun 2003, 00:50

The Forester GT would have to be one of the best all-round cars there is. Quick and confident on or off the road. Reliable, not too thirsty, well equipped and room for kids/junk. Not a standout in any one area, but the breadth of its talents make it a brilliant vehicle!

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review